What Really Matters
Buying a home? The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed
to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short
time. This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports and what the inspector himself says
during the inspection. All this combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience
even more overwhelming. What should you do?
Relax. Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations,
life expectancies and minor imperfections. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:
Anything in these categories should be addressed.
Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).
- Major defects. An example of this would be a structural failure.
- Things that lead to major defects. A small roof-flashing leak, for example.
- Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy or insure the home.
- Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Realize that
sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect! It is important to keep
things in perspective and not lose focus by over-analyzing items that will not ultimately affect the value of your home.